Have A Comic Book Collection? Want To Help With Cool Research AND Win Prizes? Check This Out

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Folks with comic book collections, I need your help. I’m working on a research project that looks at comic book letter columns, tabulating the names of the people who write into the columns in order to get a rough idea of the gender breakdown of the series’ audience. It’s a big project that starts in 1960 and runs through 1999 and covers both DC and Marvel, including several of their major ongoing series as well as a few shorter lived books. I’ve compiled data for thousands of issues already thanks to my own collection, the Grand Comics Database, and a few other sources, but I’ve got some holes in the data.

That’s where you all come in. At the end of the post, I’ve listed all of the books I don’t have letter column data for yet; it’s about 150 issues, across a variety of titles. I’m guessing that some of you out there have these comics, and if you can check the letter columns for me and send me the data, I’d not only be much obliged, you’ll get to be part of a fun contest.

So here’s how it’s going to work:

  1. For every issue listed below that you send me the gender breakdown of the letter writers, you get ONE ENTRY in the contest.
  2. For every issue listed below that you send me a list of all of the names in the letter column, you get TWO ENTRIES.
  3. For every issue listed below that you send me a readable photo or a scan of the letter column, you get THREE ENTRIES.

These entries go into a raffle, the prizes for which are these:

GRAND PRIZE: $25 US

SECOND PRIZE: $15 US

THIRD PRIZE: $10 US (awarded to three winners!)

So five prizes are up for grabs, in various denominations, and I will give them to you in whatever format you’d like. Straight cash? Sure. Amazon gift card? No problem. Comixology credit? Can do. McDonald’s gift certificates? Okay. Is BitCoin still a thing? Because I’ll get you some. All in pennies? That would be super annoying, but I’ll do it.

Moreover, because of the nature of the contest, you could win more than one prize! If you’ve got a big comic collection and send me tons of data and I can close this thing down tomorrow, guess what? You’re probably going to get ALL of the prizes. Conversely, if you’ve only got a few of these books, you’re still in the mix if you send the data along!

Also, you get to be a part of cool comic research, win or lose, and that’s pretty rad. All of the data I’ve put together so far is offering a fascinating portrait of comic book audiences, and you’ll be helping make that data as complete as possible. Getting to help out with the history of a genre we all love is its own reward!

Figuring out the data is pretty simple. Here are a few rules to keep in mind when you’re reading a letter column:

  1. The gender of each writer is pretty obvious from their name. Richard is probably a guy and Rebecca is probably a girl. Stick with what’s obvious.
  2. There are some ambiguous names, like a Pat or a Sandy or some such. If you’re not sure of a name, don’t count it but let me know the name.
  3. Do the same with initials or letter writers who use weird pseudonyms or titles.
  4. With some ambiguous names, the text of their letter may reveal their gender, so it never hurts to read the letter if you aren’t sure.
  5. Some issues won’t have letter columns. That’s fine, and important information that will get you a contest entry. Just say there’s no column in the issue.
  6. If you have any other questions or aren’t sure about something, just let me know the name(s) and I’ll figure it out!

Here’s a rough idea of what I’m looking for with each issue:

Batman #452 – 6 men, 2 women, unknown = Sandy Jones, T.K. Smith

And that’s it! You can add more information or send pictures for more entries, but this is the core of what I’m looking for.

To participate in the contest, send the information to:

comicletters@gmail.com

As entries come in, I’ll cross out the books on the list until, ideally, everything is done. Then I’ll get in touch with the contest winners and send out your prizes in whatever form you choose.

Thanks so much to everyone for helping! Any information you have, even if it’s just an issue or two, will be HUGELY appreciated, and be a massive help in my research on the evolution of comic book audiences. Check your longboxes, tell your friends, and hopefully we can get the full list completed!

Here are the comics, in alphabetical order:

  • Amazing Spider-Man #419 (1997)
  • Amazing Spider-Man #421 (1997)
  • Avengers #380 (1994)
  • Avengers #19 (1999)
  • Batman #366 (1983)
  • Batman #369 (1984)
  • Batman #373 (1984)
  • Batman #375 (1984)
  • Batman #376 (1984)
  • Batman #416 (1988)
  • Batman #418 (1988)
  • Batman #443 (1990)
  • Batman #460 (1991)
  • Batman #461 (1991)
  • Batman #462 (1991)
  • Batman #464 (1991)
  • Batman #465 (1991)
  • Batman #466 (1991)
  • Batman #469 (1991)
  • Batman #473 (1992)
  • Batman #474 (1992)
  • Batman #475 (1992)
  • Batman #522 (1995)
  • Batman #561 (1999)
  • Batman #562 (1999)
  • Batman #563 (1999)
  • Batman #564 (1999)
  • Batman #566 (1999)
  • Batman #569 (1999)
  • Batman #570 (1999)
  • Batman #572 (1999)
  • Catwoman #82 (1999)
  • Catwoman #83 (1999)
  • Catwoman #84 (1999)
  • Catwoman #85 (1999)
  • Catwoman #86 (1999)
  • Catwoman #87 (1999)
  • Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #8 (1983)
  • Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #9 (1983)
  • Dazzler #9 (1981)
  • Dazzler #10 (1981)
  • Dazzler #11 (1982)
  • Dazzler #25 (1983)
  • Dazzler #30 (1984)
  • Dazzler #33 (1984)
  • Dazzler #35 (1985)
  • Dazzler #41 (1986)
  • Dazzler #42 (1986)
  • Elektra #3 (1997)
  • Elektra #4 (1997)
  • Elektra #5 (1997)
  • Elektra #6 (1997)
  • Elektra #8 (1997)
  • Elektra #17 (1998)
  • Fantastic Four #322 (1989)
  • Fantastic Four #323 (1989)
  • Fantastic Four #324 (1989)
  • JLA #14 (1998)
  • JLA #15 (1998)
  • JLA #25 (1999)
  • JLA #26 (1999)
  • JLA #28 (1999)
  • JLA #29 (1999)
  • JLA #30 (1999)
  • JLA #31 (1999)
  • JLA #32 (1999)
  • JLA #33 (1999)
  • JLA #34 (1999)
  • Justice League #147 (1977)
  • Justice League #162 (1979)
  • Justice League #200 (1982)
  • Justice League #206 (1982)
  • Justice League #245 (1985)
  • Justice League America #37 (1990)
  • Justice League America #62 (1992)
  • Justice League America #63 (1992)
  • Justice League America #64 (1992)
  • Justice League America #65 (1992)
  • Justice League America #67 (1992)
  • Justice League America #68 (1992)
  • Justice League America #74 (1993)
  • Justice League America #75 (1993)
  • Justice League America #76 (1993)
  • Justice League America #77 (1993)
  • Justice League America #78 (1993)
  • Justice League America #79 (1993)
  • Justice League America #80 (1993)
  • Justice League America #82 (1993)
  • Justice League America #84 (1994)
  • Justice League America #88 (1994)
  • Justice League America #89 (1994)
  • Justice League America #90 (1994)
  • Justice League America #95 (1995)
  • Justice League America #96 (1995)
  • Justice League America #107 (1996)
  • Justice League America #110 (1996)
  • Justice League International #8 (1987)
  • Justice League International #10 (1988)
  • Justice League International #11 (1988)
  • Justice League International #14 (1988)
  • Justice League International #15 (1988)
  • Justice League International #16 (1988)
  • Justice League International #22 (1988)
  • Sensational She-Hulk #2 (1989)
  • Sensational She-Hulk #5 (1989)
  • Sensational She-Hulk #14 (1990)
  • Sensational She-Hulk #15 (1990)
  • Sensational She-Hulk #16 (1990)
  • Sensational She-Hulk #17 (1990)
  • Sensational She-Hulk #19 (1990)
  • Sensational She-Hulk #21 (1990)
  • Sensational She-Hulk #25 (1991)
  • Sensational She-Hulk #31 (1991)
  • Sensational She-Hulk #32 (1991)
  • Sensational She-Hulk #35 (1992)
  • Sensational She-Hulk #37 (1992)
  • Sensational She-Hulk #42 (1992)
  • Sensational She-Hulk #43 (1992)
  • Sensational She-Hulk #44 (1992)
  • Sensational She-Hulk #48 (1993)
  • Sensational She-Hulk #53 (1993)
  • Sensational She-Hulk #54 (1993)
  • Sensational She-Hulk #58 (1993)
  • Sensational She-Hulk #60 (1994)
  • Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #1 (1992)
  • Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #2 (1992)
  • Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #3 (1992)
  • Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #4 (1992)
  • Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #8 (1993)
  • Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #10 (1994)
  • Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #11 (1994)
  • Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #12 (1994)
  • Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #14 (1994)
  • Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #16 (1994)
  • Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #18 (1994)
  • Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #19 (1994)
  • Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #20 (1995)
  • Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #21 (1995)
  • Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #22 (1995)
  • Superman #330 (1978)
  • Superman #338 (1979)
  • Superman #369 (1982)
  • Superman #37 (1989)
  • Superman #73 (1992)
  • Superman #82 (1993)
  • Superman #141 (1999)
  • Superman #148 (1999)
  • Wonder Woman #220 (1976)
  • Wonder Woman #286 (1982)
  • Wonder Woman #294 (1983)
  • Wonder Woman #300 (1984)
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One Response to “Have A Comic Book Collection? Want To Help With Cool Research AND Win Prizes? Check This Out”

  1. Comic Crowd Sourcing, Round Two: Sandman Letter Columns! Got Them? Win Prizes! | STRAITENED CIRCUMSTANCES: Tim Hanley on Wonder Woman and Women in Comics Says:

    […] Earlier this month, I put up a list of over 150 comic books that I needed letter column data from fo…. The response was AMAZING, and I got all of the information I needed in about ten days. Thanks so much to everyone who helped out; it’s so great to have a complete data set. […]

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